Roger Federer will crew up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal for the ultimate match of his glittering profession, Laver Cup organisers introduced on Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play doubles with the Spaniard, who has received 22 majors, on the O2 area in London on Friday. Federer, whose most up-to-date aggressive match was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz in final yr’s Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been battling a knee drawback and won’t play singles in London. The Laver Cup is a crew competitors that pits Crew Europe in opposition to Crew World.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 22, 2022
The six-strong European crew, captained by Bjorn Borg, additionally consists of 21-time main winner Novak Djokovic and three-time main winner Andy Murray.
Their opponents, Crew World, skippered by John McEnroe, embrace Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman.
Federer, 41, introduced final week he meant to retire after the three-day Laver Cup.
He mentioned on Wednesday that ending his profession by teaming up with Nadal can be his dream situation.
Federer mentioned he and Nadal, 36, had all the time maintained respect for one another whilst they vied for the largest trophies within the sport.
“For us as nicely to undergo a profession that we each have had and to come back out on the opposite aspect and having the ability to have a pleasant relationship I believe is perhaps a terrific message as nicely to not simply tennis however sports activities and perhaps even past,” he mentioned.
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the primary alternate for Europe, will take Federer’s place over the weekend.
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